Building a Repository of Assessments of Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Higher-Order Cognitive Competencies
Nov 1, 2018
Research confirms the widespread belief that student learning is influenced by features of the school and classroom environments in which instruction takes place. These qualities of the learning environment, often referred to as school and classroom climate, are associated with higher student achievement, improved attendance and graduation rates, and lower rates of suspension. To support strategies that are focused on creating positive, safe, and inclusive school and classroom climate, educators need to be able to define the specific features of the learning environment on which to focus. However, educators often lack access to information that could aid in determining those features. This report is intended to serve as a resource for educators and education policymakers who are interested in monitoring school and classroom climate. Making sense of the wide variety of available measures and of validity and reliability evidence—which is often incomplete or lacking altogether—can be a daunting task, and the authors encourage educators to draw on such resources as technical assistance centers or local universities that can provide measurement expertise as needed. In addition to providing broad guidance regarding assessment of climate and social and emotional learning, the report features a list of resources and databases that focus explicitly on climate measures.
The following considerations should be kept in mind: